[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/11/17/art.melodia.jpg caption=”Lauren Melodia sells fresh fruits and vegetables in her Brooklyn neighborhood each week.”]
Have you seen an eggplant before? What about an acorn squash? I have, and you may have, too. But Lauren Melodia has found a lot of people who haven’t.
In an effort to help her community eat healthier and fresher foods, she started a Community Supported Agriculture project. Every week, Melodia hands out vegetables and fruit to residents in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. She encourages her neighbors to stop eating food out of a box that has ingredients they can’t pronounce.
CSAs are popping up countrywide because they’re a mutually beneficial partnership between a local farm and a community. The residents provide a stable financial base for the farm. In turn, the farm provides affordable produce for the people — food they might have never seen before, but can certainly pronounce.
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